“The Xiaomi MIUI 6 firmware update comes with an all-new notification centre and a flat user interface”
The Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi recently unveiled the MIUI 6, a major update for its custom firmware that’s built upon Android. After the internal beta testing conducted for a few days, the brand has released the beta update for both the Xiaomi Mi 3 and Mi 4 (review). The update file, weighing in at about 417MB, can be downloaded from the company’s website and needs to be flashed manually. It is available for the Chinese models of the Mi 3 (review) globally and Mi 4. The India launch of the Mi 4 is slated for later this year, and the latest firmware should come pre-loaded on the Indian units of the handset.
After downloading the update, the existing MIUI v4.8.29 will be replaced with the new UI that brings an all-new notification centre along with quite a few new features. The notification centre includes toggles for music control panel, notifications for missed calls, reminders and new messages.
The 6th generation of MIUI firmware sports a flat user interface that removes all the distractions so the users can focus on the things they need. The system widgets are also redesigned to keep up with the new interface. This update also fixes a security hole, because of which users didn’t need to confirm for the old password while setting a new one. Other important changes inthe new firmware include support for AirPlay wireless speakers and a revamped camera application with variety of gestures.
The company has already announced it will update the Xiaomi Mi 2, Redmi 1S and Redmi Note smartphones with the latest firmware later this year.
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